"The central mission of CCIS is to mobilize the exponential advances in open-source data processing possibilities to refine and synthesize critical theories in philosophy, international relations, sociology, cultural studies, geography, and urban studies. Data and information are co-evolving, at an accelerating pace, with the processes by which groups form ‘publics’ and share consciousness in dynamic online discourse communities--which in turn interact in and with the physical settings of cities and suburbs that are at once familiar and yet newly transformed by the constant informational acceleration of mobile devices."
-Dr. Elvin K. Wyly, Professor of Geography, Director of the UBC Urban Studies Program and (Co)Founder-Director UBC Urban Studies Lab.
Luke R. Barnesmoore is Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies 501(c)3 (CCIS), Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UBC Urban Studies Lab (UBC USL) and PhD Candidate in the University of British Columbia Department of Geography. Current research centers the nexus of worldview (cosmology-ontology-->teleology), epistemology and human-nature relations. Outside of his formal academic work Luke pursues creative writing on a number of topics from contemporary politics through spirituality and human evolution and volunteers in the in the unneeded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm gardens' (also known as the Indigenous Health Research and Education Gardens).
Elvin Wyly is Professor of Geography and Chair of the Urban Studies Coordinating Committee at the University of British Columbia. He is a specialist on urban social and spatial inequality in U.S. and Canadian cities. His work has been supported by grants and contracts from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation. He has served as Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Urban Geography (2005-2015). Recent publications include “Emplacement and the Dispossessions of Cosmopolitan Capital” (Geoforum), “Gentrification on the Planetary Urban Frontier: The Evolution of Turner’s Noösphere” (Urban Studies), “Make America Housing Great Again” (Housing Policy Debate), and “Planetary Kantsaywhere: Cognitive Capitalist Universities and Accumulation by Cognitive Dispossession” (City).